This is your Real Nashville In-Studio Education

Real studio eduation. Real studio connections.

An Immersive
Audio Education

From production to engineering to hip-hop and Ableton, our mentor-based programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of typical schools and audio education programs. Work directly with accomplished engineers, producers, and music industry veterans at one of our fully-equipped local studios across the country.

Programs

Looking to land a career as a Music Producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups to launch your career as a music producer. Learn in private sessions from a professional music producer.

Music Producing Details

From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, apprentice under a legendary Audio Engineer in the studio. Learn in the trenches and on the job to take your dream to the professional level.

Audio Engineering Details

Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. Take your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision makers at major EDM labels.

Ableton Electronic Music Details

Take your beat making and hip hop knowledge to the professional level by learning from a major Hip Hop Producer in his or her studio. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

Hip Hop / Beat Making Details

Prepare for a career as a front-of-house engineer by apprenticing (externing) under a touring Audio Engineer. If you goal is to get inside the music industry and tour the world, this recording program is for you.

Live Sound Details

Our Live DJ Apprentice Program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. It's the ultimate all-access pass to the music-performance business. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.

Live DJ Details

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. ou can't get more inside music business access than this course. Become a music Mogul.

Music Business Details

Learn Post Audio while apprenticing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, this course is for you.

Post Production for Film and TV Details

Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Apprentice under a legendary audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry. Take your existing skills to the next level while building connections.

Advanced Audio Details

Collaborate with legendary music producers and learn from the most qualified professionals in the industry, who’ve crafted records for U2, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, Hole, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne and hundreds more.

Learn from Legends Details

Learn Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools. Apprentice under a legendary electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio. Gain insider access to the electronic music scene. You tell us your favorite genres of electronic music, and we will help you produce that type of music.

Electronic Music Production Details

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified you are showing over 5,000 Producers and Engineers worldwide that you have what it takes to work for them as both and an assistant engineer and an Engineer/Producer.

Audio Certification Details

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Nashville

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Get started with a tour of one of our Tennessee studios. Or call us for more information at (615) 933-3370

About Our Audio School Alternative in Nashville

Our fully-immersive curriculum covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

With artists, audio engineers, studio management, record labels, clients.

Audio Software

Pro Tools, Reason, Logic, Ableton Live.

Making Music

Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.

Hardware and Equipment

Analog consoles, signal processing and compressors, microphone placement.

Meet our Faculty
And Advisors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from industry giants?

Russell Wolff Nashville Producer

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Russell Wolff Nashville Producer

Background

Musical Octopus, Russell Wolff. A Harvard grad who has been involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Producer, singer, songwriter, musician, author, DJ/MC, photographer, wedding officiant, actor, and owner of Krazy Pop Studio on Historic Music Row in Nashville TN.

He began his career in the theater, on stages in NYC; later opening and touring with bands signed to Atlantic Records, playing to sold out venues throughout the United States and Europe and releasing 6 albums. In the years since, he has produced upwards of 30 albums, worked with everyone from LL Cool J to Martina McBride, licensed music with MTV, built relationships throughout Nashville, Los Angeles, Boston and New York and has used those relationships to propel the careers of various artists. He is a voting member of the Grammys in four categories as well as a member of ASCAP.

Wolff tours on piano, guitar, vocal and is available to run sound for tours. You can see him in clips online playing with Martina McBride, as well as on Fox Morning News, PBS, and in shows with Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Michelle Branch, Little Big Town, and YOUR next project. Recently produced, mixed, and toured with James Wolpert of NBC’s The Voice & sound for Lilly Winwood.

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Artists

Sugarland
Miranda Lambert
Michelle Branch
Little Big Town
James Wolpert / NBC's The Voice
Lilly Winwood

Ryan Hewitt Nashville Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Ryan Hewitt Nashville Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy winning engineer, mixer and producer with a credit list spanning all popular genres of music for such notable artists as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, blink-182, The Dixie Chicks, needtobreathe, Flogging Molly and Jamie Cullum.

Relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville in early 2015, Ryan took residence at House of Blues Studios in Berry Hill and jumped into a non-stop string of records. In between mixing albums for The Avett Brothers, Third Eye Blind, Sean McConnell, and Harry Connick, Jr., Ryan produced and mixed up-and-coming Georgia rockers, Crass Mammoth, Knoxville troubadours, The Black Lillies and Nashville mods Elle Macho. He spent last summer recording and mixing The Lumineers’ #1 album Cleopatra with producer Simone Felice in upstate New York and has since recorded and mixed several more songs for film soundtracks.

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Artists

Lady Gaga
Angus & Julia Stone
Harry Connick
Jr.
Sheryl Crow
The Avett Brothers
Joe Cocker
Matchbox 20
Oslo
blink-182
Gloriana
The Roots
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Raphael Saadiq
Tom Morello
Flogging Molly
Barbra Streisand
Tom Petty
Bob Dylan
Luther Vandross
Jimmy Buffett
Blue Oyster Cult

F. Reid Shippen Nashville Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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F. Reid Shippen Nashville Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

F. Reid Shippen is a New Jersey-born, Nashville-based, highly motivated, completely caffeinated multiple Grammy® award-winning producer/engineer/mixer.

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Artists

Death Cab for Cutie
CeCe Winans
Ingrid Michaelson
Cage the Elephant
Chris Tomlin
Dierks Bentley
India.Arie
Jewel
Adam Lambert
Backstreet Boys
Clay Aiken
Avalon
Eric Benét
Jennifer Knapp
A Fine Frenzy
Jonas Brothers
Marc Broussard
Eric Church
Robert Randolph
Jonny Lang
Flyleaf
Switchfoot
Third Day
MercyMe
Newsboys
Lucy Hale
Chesney
Urban
Sam Hunt
Dierks
Lady A
Ingrid Michaelson
India.Arie
Adele
Steven Tyler
Temptations
Colony House
Matthew Perryman Jones
Lucie Silvas
Brett Eldridge
Jake Owen

Vance Powell Nashville Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Vance Powell Nashville Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Four-time Grammy award winning producer, mixer, engineer, and co-owner of Sputnik Sound

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Artists

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
The Revivalists
Chris Stapleton
Tinariwen Emmaar
Black Prairie
The Dirty Guv'nahs
Peter Bradley Adams
Bobby Bare
Jr.
The Almost Fear
Insane Clown Posse
Sturgill Simpson
Seasick Steve
Various Artists Iron Man 3
Andrew Stockdale
Moon Taxi
LeAnn Rimes
Kings of Leon
Various Artists The Great Gatsby
Caitlin Rose
Red Fang
North Mississippi Allstars
Jack White
The Whigs
Keb' Mo'
Andrew Osenga Leonard
Andrew Peterson
Buddy Guy
The Kicks
Danger Mouse & Danielle
Chris Thile
Wanda Jackson
Johnny Gimble
The Kicks
The Whigs
The Dead Weather
Karen Elson
Andrew Belle
The White Stripes
Hillsong
Seasick Steve Man
Willie Nelson
Jessica Simpson
Jewel
Alicia Keys
Caedmon's Call
Matt Dusk
Raul Malo
Scott Kempner
Head for the Hills
The Whistles & the Bells
Dirk Powell
Leagues You Belong Here

Jeff Balding Nashville Engineer / Mixer

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Jeff Balding Nashville Engineer / Mixer

Background

Nashville based Jeff Balding’s hits are almost too many to list. He engineered & mixed Don Henley’s Billboard #1 country debut ‘Cass County’ and recently finished working with Megadeth’s own Dave Mustaine on the band’s upcoming album. Recent mixes include tracks for superstars Brett Eldridge, Jana Kramer, Ashley Monroe,Michael Ray, and Chris Janson just to name a few. Jeff has been at the helm mixing some massive hits like Taylor’s Swift’s self titled debut, Kellie Pickler ‘Small Town Girl, Keith Urban’s ‘Day’s Go By’,LeAnn Rimes ‘This Woman’, Trace Adkins ‘Songs About Me’, and Brooks & Dunn ‘Cowboy Town’ as well as recording Brad Paisley’s’This is Country Music’, Shakira’s ‘Shakira’, and Trisha Yearwood’s’Jasper County’. Jeff’s projects have won multiple Grammy awards and received even more nominations.

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Artists

Don Henley
Megadeth
Brett Eldridge
Jana Kramer
Ashley Monroe
Michael Ray
Chris Janson
Taylor Swift
Kellie Pickler
Keith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Trace Adkins
Brooks & Dunn
Brad Paisley
Shakira
Trisha Yearwood

Bob Bullock Nashville Producer / Engineer

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Bob Bullock Nashville Producer / Engineer

Background

Bob Bullock knows what it takes to compete in today’s ever changing market and brings years of creative and technical expertise to every recording session. He possesses a unique understanding and sensitivity when it comes to creating the perfect atmosphere for an artist or musician, helping them to reach their highest potential. Whether he’s working with today’s hottest acts, independent artists on the rise or the young, developing artists of tomorrow his attention to the needs of the client, combined with his ability to combine the different colors of musical instruments and equipment, make Bob Bullock one of the industry’s top producer/engineers.

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Artists

Shania Twain
George Straight
Reb McEntire
George Jones
Loretta Lynn
Glen Campbell
Chick Corea
REO Speedwagon
The Tubes
Crazy Horse
Steely Dan
Waylon Jennings
Kenny Rogers
The Monkees
Keith Urban
Kenny Chesney

Steve Marcantonio Nashville Engineer / Mixer

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Steve Marcantonio Nashville Engineer / Mixer

Artists

Taylor Swift Band
Hank Williams Jr.
Cheap Trick
Doobie Bros
Thomas Rhett
Billy Currington
Steven Tyler
Reba McEntire
Vince Gill

Bil VornDick Nashville Producer / Engineer

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Bil VornDick Nashville Producer / Engineer

Artists

Marty Robbins
Allison Krauss
Mark O’Connor
Béla Fleck
Doc Watson
Jerry Douglas
Ralph Stanley
Rhonda Vincent
Bob Dylan
Charlie Haden
Lynn Anderson
T-Bone Burnett
James Taylor

David Huff Nashville Producer / Engineer

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David Huff Nashville Producer / Engineer

Artists

Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift
Bonnie Tyler
The Doobie Brothers
Armin van Buuren
Kid Rock
Faith Hill
Jewel
Giant

Nick Raskulinecz Nashville Producer

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Nick Raskulinecz Nashville Producer

Artists

Foo Fighters
Ghost
We As Human
Evanescence
Marilyn Manson
Deftones
Coheed and Cambria
Stone Sour
Trivium
Duff McKagan
Mondo Generator
Danzig
The Exies
Ash
My Ruin
Velvet Revolver
Rush
Mastodon
Shadows Fall
Superdrag
Goatsnake
Fireball Ministry
Rye Coalition
Death Angel
Danko Jones
Apocalyptica

Ric Web Nashville Engineer / Producer / Studio Owner

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Ric Web Nashville Engineer / Producer / Studio Owner

Artists

Taylor Swift
Alan Jackson
Trace Atkins
Neal McCoy
Mel Torme'
George Shearing
Dolly Parton
Kenny Rodgers
Vanilla Ice
Lulu Roman
Buddy Miles
Tina Turner
The Imperials
Salt N Pepa
Sylvia
Al "TNT" Bragg
Johnny Taylor
Phil Keaggy
Dr Hook
Brownsville Station
South Street Studios
SplashMatter
Blue Desert Records
World Music League
Latin CMA
Willie Makkit Productions
Paradigm Records
Macumazon Publishing


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Meet Some of Our

Students

Blake La Grange on Vision and Building Dreams One Step at a Time

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The BEST OF 2017

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Recording Connection student James Boucher is Learning in the Hot Seat

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Recording Connection mentor Sheldon Ellerby Talks Mentorship and Hip Hop in Atlanta

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RC student Jeff Riggs attends Latin Grammys with Legends mentor Rafa Sardina

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Brayden Haney Learns with a Purpose, Elevates his Game

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For Recording Connection mentor Wyatt Oates, Being Proactive is the Prerequisite

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April Edwards Takes Charge, Lands Job as Engineer and Studio Manager!

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Nashville Studios


Spotlight on Nashville Mentor

Russell Wolff

Bio

Musical Octopus, Russell Wolff. A Harvard grad who has been involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Producer, singer, songwriter, musician, author, DJ/MC, photographer, wedding officiant, actor, and owner of Krazy Pop Studio on Historic Music Row in Nashville TN.

He began his career in the theater, on stages in NYC; later opening and touring with bands signed to Atlantic Records, playing to sold out venues throughout the United States and Europe and releasing 6 albums. In the years since, he has produced upwards of 30 albums, worked with everyone from LL Cool J to Martina McBride, licensed music with MTV, built relationships throughout Nashville, Los Angeles, Boston and New York and has used those relationships to propel the careers of various artists. He is a voting member of the Grammys in four categories as well as a member of ASCAP.

Wolff tours on piano, guitar, vocal and is available to run sound for tours. You can see him in clips online playing with Martina McBride, as well as on Fox Morning News, PBS, and in shows with Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Michelle Branch, Little Big Town, and YOUR next project. Recently produced, mixed, and toured with James Wolpert of NBC’s The Voice & sound for Lilly Winwood.

School News

Jumping in with both feet: Chingas Kemps moves to Nashville

“Chingas checked out some Nashville schools, but ultimately decided on the Recording Connection because it would enable him to learn on-the-job in a real Nashville studio. “Having the option to be with a mentor instead of just being one of 15 or 20 in a class,” he says, “that spoke to me the most.”

Chingas soon found himself apprenticing with a seasoned industry pro in Nashville: producer/engineer Ric Web (Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift) at South Street Studios. He experienced the benefit of one-on-one instruction almost immediately as he began to see the gaps in his self-taught experience.

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Music Scene in Nashville

Your NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE RECORDING SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

While there are several Nashville Audio Engineering Schools from which to choose, the RECORDING CONNECTION is the only one that gets you inside an actual Nashville recording studio, working as an audio student apprentice (extern) as you learn mixing, audio engineering, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub step, trance, drum and bass, techno and more), post production audio and electronic DJ. Make no mistake: the smartest way to break into the recording industry in Nashville is by apprenticing inside a Nashville recording studio–and we’re the school that can put you there.

Don’t make the mistake of spending 20-50 thousand dollars to go to an audio engineering trade school when you can spend far less money and go to audio engineering school in a real recording studio. Get on the inside track, learn directly from the pros, and get connected as you get educated. Our audio engineering school alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient program on the market today.

To APPLY for our Nashville Audio Engineering School, click here

It’s called “Music City, U.S.A.” for a reason.  Long recognized as the country music capital of the world, Nashville is actually one of the world’s biggest hubs for the music industry in general. While country music certainly dominates the musical landscapes, there are hotbeds of rock, punk, hip-hop, gospel, folk old-time and even R&B throughout the city as well.  Icons like Jimi Hendrix and Etta James have roots here, just the same as the Carter Family and George Jones.

As is to be expected, Nashville is known not just for its recording studios, but for its incredible live music scene. Everyone knows about the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium (and more recently, The 5 Spot, thanks to ABC TV series Nashville).  But there’s also the Bluebird Café, Rocketown, Mercy Lounge, The Basement, and innumerable others.  Just outside the Ryman, music fans can take their pick from dozens of venues within walking distance along Second Ave. and Lower Broadway.  There’s definitely no shortage of venues in Nashville, let alone musical acts to play in them. (Nashville is to aspiring musical artists as Hollywood is to aspiring actors!)

Of course, Nashville is the ‘Mecca’ of country music, heralded by the four-day CMA Music Festival held each June, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and of course, Opryland USA. Each of these landmarks and events create great opportunities for music fans to hear their favorite artists, but for the musicians and industry professionals themselves, the real work goes on in Nashville’s plethora of world-class recording studios, where some of the best-selling music in the world is recorded, produced and mixed on a daily basis. And the RECORDING CONNECTION puts you in the heart of the action like no other audio engineering school can.

Some of the best producers and engineers in the Nashville music scene have endorsed our program and have opened their studio doors to teach and mentor our students.  This means when you enroll in the Nashville Recording Connection, one of these world-class studios becomes your personal classroom, and one of these major-league industry professionals becomes your personal mentor.  You’ll have the opportunity to learn from the best, practice on the best gear, and sit in on recording sessions with some of the best musicians in the world.  Best of all, you’ll have the chance to meet and connect with lots of industry pros while you prove your skills in the studio.  There’s simply no better way to break into the music industry!

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With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.

Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

Professionals in the music business—including famous producers and audio engineers who’ve worked on the music that inspires you—endorse Recording Connection’s audio programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Rolling Stones

Learn one on one from engineers and producers who have worked with The Rolling Stones

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Deadmau5

Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5

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Taylor Swift

Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer.

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Skrillex

Learn audio from the producers and engineers that have worked with Skrillex.

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s Producer is a mentor for the Recording Connection

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Jack White

An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s Audio Engineer is a Recording Connection Mentor

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Larry King

Larry King endorses the Recording Radio and Film Connection.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer endorses the Recording Connection’s mentor-apprentice learning approach.

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg’s producers teach our students.

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John Mayer

John Mayer’s audio engineer is a teacher for Recording Connection

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U2

Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher

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Contact the Nashville Recording Connection

1900 Church Street, Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 933-3370

1200 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 963-9090

Email: [email protected]

Hours: Mo-Sa 11:00 - 20:00

The Nashville

Recording Connection Audio School Alternative

1

Locations Worldwide.

Nashville, Tennessee has more music industry opportunities than most other cities, but the Recording Connection doesn't limit you to learning in Nashville. In fact, our recording school has locations all over the world. We can train you near where you live.

The other guys don't come close. Advantage: Recording Connection.

2

Learn on the Latest Gear When You Attend the Recording Connection.

Commercial audio studios exist in a highly competitive industry. To survive they need to have the latest gear on hand. With the Recording Connection, you will be learning at just such a studio. Guess what? That means you’ll have plenty of hands-on access to the latest and best equipment available.

Most school's gear is second or third generation. Don't get stuck in their generation gap. Advantage: Recording Connection.

3

Learn In a Real Recording Studio, Not a Classroom.

Nashville has some of the best recording studios in the world, so why on earth would you settle for learning music production in some isolated classroom. The best place to learn this business is from inside a REAL recording studio. That’s exactly where we put you. Not in a classroom.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

One-on-One Instruction From a Mentor.

There's no one better suited to help you learn the craft and the business of the industry than someone who is actually working with it. That's why we pair you with a real Nashville producer/engineer for one-on-one training.

With us, you are always number one. Advantage: Recording Connection.

5

Lots Of Gold Records.

Simply put, our mentors are awesome. They rock. They've worked with some of the biggest names in music, and they've got lots of Gold and Platinum records to show for it. We know these guys, and they know us, which is why they are eager to train our students.

Their teachers listen to the Gold Records our teachers produce. Advantage: Recording Connection.

6

Job Placement Assistance.

Many of our apprentices are offered jobs in the studios where they were placed, but if no openings are available when you graduate, never fear. The Recording Connection offers up to 12 months of active job placement assistance upon completion of the program.

The other guys give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Recording Connection.

7

Recommended By the Pros.

We've been endorsed by thousands of music industry professionals, including many you've heard of. They recommend us because our program produces results. We're known throughout industry circles as the school that breaks people into the business.

You can count the number of pros who recommend the other guys on one hand. Advantage: Recording Connection.

8

Insider Status.

Gaining "insider status" is one of the biggest hurdles newcomers face in this business. But with the Recording Connection, you’ll be inside from day one. We get you in the door, and we give you the opportunity to prove you deserve to be there.

The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

Free Tutoring.

Stuck on an assignment or project? Not to worry. The Recording Connection music production school offers free, unlimited tutoring.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Connections.

Ask anyone in this business, and they'll tell you connections are a key to your success. By putting you where the action is happening, the Recording Connection gives you unprecedented access to make those all-important connections that can one day help jumpstart your career.

Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.


Learn More

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  • Contact the Nashville Recording Connection
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